Friday, July 31

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State of Illinois the Streak Champs in July; $1 Million Prize in August

The Prairie State can stand proud - both winners came from Illinois in July. Kyle P. of Troy, IL came out of the gates like American Pharoah, amassing a ridiculous W26 in a mere 11 days from July 5th through July 15th.

The talk around the water-cooler here at Streak HQ in Bristol, CT was that Kyle had a real chance to make a run at the $1 Million with the pace he had set, and in all honesty we were thrilled. The excitement that would have brought to the game would have been too cool to pass up and as the StreakMaster I wanted a front row seat. But alas, Kyle's Streak came to an abrupt halt when he lost on in-round British Open prop. For the rest of the month Kyle had to sweat out all challengers who were intent on dethroning him but in the end they all came up short. For his efforts Kyle takes home $30,000; well done sir!

If there was drama last month with the "Most Wins" race, what do we say about July? I love writing but I'm no Shakespeare - where is he when he need him to invent a new word that captures the strategy, stress and savvy that went into this effort by all three competitors? Anyways, let's just call it phenomenal. Here's the recap.

About mid-way through the month two different two-time "Most Wins" Streak legends, Tubbo's Pizza Picks and Zoop Leroy, emerged along with a player I had never before seen cross my horizon on Streak as the three favorites. They went back and forth trading spots at the top, rising and falling with the machinations of a "Game of Thrones" season complete with all the subplots that accompany any power struggle. When it came down to the final pick window Zoop Leroy had been officially eliminated and only two were left with a chance at the cash. Tubbo's Pizza Picks had the best win percentage and was therefore in the driver's seat; if his final pick won he'd be taking home the $10,000. Just like I did he played the odds and went with the slight favorite #5 Marcos Baghdatis over #2 Vasek Pospisil at the ATP Atlanta Open - his competitor made the only play he could and took Pospisil as a live dog.

Baghdatis proved why he's a tour veteran, landing a resounding 2-0 victory over the young Canadian and making Ian D. and his Tubbos Pizza Picks entry $10,000 richer in the process. Ian is now the only 3-time champion in the history of Streak and can probably call himself the greatest monthly picker of all-time, a title that I admit I'm very envious of. It's quite difficult to win even once as anyone will attest, but to do it three separate times is incredible. Well deserved Ian, you're once again the champ!

If you achieved at least a W10 in July once again be on the lookout for an email from us over the next week or so as 100 random winners will each be awarded 100 Winner's Circle points. Those points can be used to purchase some awesome prizes so be sure not to miss out if you're one of the lucky ones. Good luck in August!